This week in Winning Post

The third of Randwick's big handicap miles is on this Saturday and Australia's latest millionaire will be there.

Red Excitement ticked over a million dollars in earnings with his third-place cheque in the recent Festival Stakes at Rosehill.

The veteran started at $13 in the Festival: good odds for a horse who stretched Winx's neck (sort of) earlier in the campaign.

Red Excitement was in good form last summer, winning the Group 3 Summer Cup and listed Gosford Cup, but hasn't won since. Trainer Gerald Ryan believes he can change that in the Villiers.

Is he right? Joel Marshall's preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Moe during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Scone, Coffs Harbour, Ipswich, the twilight cards at Warren, Morphettville and Hobart and the night racing at Sunshine Coast.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville Parks in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth, plus there's a Saturday night meeting at Cranbourne.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Colac (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post December 16 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Moe
Saturday:
Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Cranbourne (night), Colac (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Bendigo, Horsham, Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast
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Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.

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Letter of the Week

Skinnying up

Is it only me or are other punters detecting an effect of corporate betting on trifecta, first-four and quaddie dividends?
Whilst I don’t have an account with any corporate betting agency, I do not have a problem with them offering win and place betting to their clients.
However, I am starting to see a major problem with the effect they are having on the exotic pools.
This effect, I believe, is starting to lessen dividends to the extent that the value of investing becomes questionable.
I can’t see the difference between corporates operating on exotics and the Lottoland situation.
The corporates offer no pool of their own but are cannibalising the TAB pool.
I believe it is time for the racing industry to examine this situation before exotic betting becomes irrelevant and the industry loses a prime income source.

Michael Sherlock
Boronia (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: